October 4 10

ME: Good Morning, fine establishment that serves me delicious coffee. May I please have a large coffee with one milk and one splenda, please?

HER: Yes.

ME: Fantastic. Here’s my $20 bill for said $1.58 coffee. Since you don’t take VISA or DEBIT and this is what I’ve got, I assume you will get to making my some change tout suite.

HER: I can’t take this.

ME: WHA? I am shocked. I actually don’t even understand.

HER: Well, three people in front of you gave me 20s and I don’t have any change.

ME: Well, that’s because every single retail establishment in the free world takes credit and/or debit…so, really, no one on the planet carries around cash anymore and you are pretty lucky that I even have this $20 bill on me.

HER: Are you sure you don’t have any change?

(as I dump my wallet coin purse out onto the counter.

ME: I have exactly eleven cents and a subway token.

HER: That’s not enough.

(as I take a big gulp of my coffee…so she can’t take it back)

(as I burn my tongue.)

ME: Take it or leave it. You are technically getting a way better deal, since a subway token is worth $3.00 and so I am paying you $3.11 for a coffee that costs $1.58

HER: *crickets*

ME: So, you probably should throw in a donut, and maybe one of those delicious looking pumpkin muffins.

HER: *crickets*

ME: I’m just going to take my burnt tongue and leave.

HER: *crickets*

ME: Have a good day. Enjoy the subway ride.

  1. I completely agree with you…Tim’s failed…but what about a Timcard with automatic reload?
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..What they are into now =-.

    Comment by Kathy on October 4, 2010
  2. But wait… did you leave WITH or WITHOUT the coffee? This is important so I can sleep soundly tonight knowing there are small victories.
    .-= loren´s last blog ..Pumpkin Fest 2010 =-.

    Comment by loren on October 4, 2010
  3. Loren…I left WITH the coffee! Small victories!

    Comment by ali on October 4, 2010
  4. Glad you took the coffee.

    And as for not taking the $20… they should be used to that by now and should be more prepared. Yikes.

    Comment by mapsgirl on October 4, 2010
  5. Our VISA is our primary credit card, but our backup is a Mastercard, which Tim’s does take, so we’re covered.

    Why not get a PCF Mastercard?

    Comment by SciFi Dad on October 4, 2010
  6. UM…that seems a bit silly, doesn’t it? Getting a mastercard just so I can buy coffee??

    They really should be more accommodating, I think.

    Comment by ali on October 4, 2010
  7. My brain just broke: in this day and age, I honestly cannot comprehend a busy, popular establishment (never mind a well-known CHAIN) that does not take debit. I’ve never been to a Tim’s that doesn’t take it – it feels like you live in an alternate reality (and *I’m* the one who lives in the sticks! lol).

    Glad you got your coffee!

    Comment by Chibi Jeebs on October 4, 2010
  8. LMAO! Love it! Can’t believe they didn’t have change. I love my Tim Horton’s but I don’t always love the people who work there! Hope the coffee tasted good after you got over your burnt tongue!

    Comment by Katy on October 4, 2010
  9. I’m so confused. I mean here there are a lot of places that don’t take Discover but I’ve NEVER seen someplace take Visa or Mastercard and NOT the other. You Canadians are so weird. (kidding)

    Comment by Jen on October 4, 2010
  10. JEN. It’s ridiculous. RIDICULOUS, I tell you.

    Who takes mastercard but not VISA? and who DOESN’T take DEBIT??? It’s 2010!!!

    Comment by ali on October 4, 2010
  11. Yeah, you are my hero de jour!! Rock it sister!

    Comment by Rae Ann on October 4, 2010
  12. This makes no sense to me. I mean, then tell people BEFORE they order, since they don’t take debit.

    Also, since they’re so stupid, they should have offered you the free coffee in the first place.

    So what you’re telling me is bring lots of cash to Toronto?

    Comment by Kristabella on October 4, 2010
  13. It really doesn’t make sense that they didn’t want to take your cash (Just a 20, not a 50!) and did not have debit or credit. Weird!

    However, I think the server was not really at fault, except that her attitude was likely sucky. They should have offered it for free.

    Comment by Heather on October 4, 2010
  14. Tim’s doesn’t take debit or CC? This does not compute.

    It also confirms why I should stick to Starbucks. 🙂

    Comment by Angella on October 4, 2010
  15. I had the same problem on the VIA train.

    I told him that until the government passed a law that said a $20 bill wasn’t legal Canadian tender he was obligated to take my $20 and provide me with change, regardless of whether or not I was the first or 80th person to hand him a $20.

    I also told him that if it was such a big issue he should have his employer address that issue with the banks that refuse to give anything BUT $20 bills out at their bank machines.

    I got my food, my change AND some awesome attitude!! It was actually kind of fun!!

    Comment by Cindy on October 4, 2010
  16. Mainly, I love that you took a big gulp of coffee right away.

    (also, since when is a $20 a “large bill”?)

    Comment by Rhi on October 4, 2010
  17. Glad you left with the coffee. You shouldn’t be penalized for *them* not having proper change. You had legal tender.
    They should’ve just automatically gave it to you for free. Period.

    Comment by Nenette on October 4, 2010
  18. That is so crazy! I love your giant gulp! Where was this place? 1945?

    Comment by Hilary on October 5, 2010
  19. 1) Why should we have to carry a Tim’s card to pay? That is simply a way for Tim’s to sit on your money… boo!

    2) The Tim’s near my office won’t even take Tim’s cards! Grr…

    Comment by Gav on October 5, 2010
  20. I taste your pain… I don’t understand how a business can thrive without taking plastic nowadays. There are some local stores that absolutely refuse to deal business unless it’s with cash, but little do they apparently care how much of my business they’ve lost being that I don’t tend to carry wads of federal reserve on me at all times… le sigh…

    Comment by Daniel on October 6, 2010
  21. Ummm…strange. If so many patrons end up paying with cash, why the heck wouldn’t they stock more than $60 in change? After all, they must get more than 3 folks on the average morning paying with crisp $20 bills fresh from the ATM.

    Comment by Angela on October 6, 2010
  22. I bet their phone still has a CORD.

    Comment by suzanne on October 6, 2010
  23. So I realize I’m like a week behind this post, but I had something happen to me at a lunch place the other day. I ordered the food, stood and waited for it, and when I went to pay for it, their debit machine was down.

    I had no cash. None.

    They made me go to the quick stop store next store and take out cash to pay them. So, adding in fees from both that ATM and my ass-face bank that charges me 2.50 to use another ATM and it cost me $12.00 for a gyro salad.


    Comment by AndreAnna on October 10, 2010
  24. I’m disappointed that you drink that swill. 😉

    Comment by Alexandria on March 12, 2012

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